This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’ – Hal Lindsey – www.hallindsey.com
On this week’s edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report": I believe we are approaching a critical moment in the determination of our nation’s future. Our President is facing multiple crises: the Gulf oil spill, the change of leadership in Afghanistan, the looming military showdown with Iran, the future attempts by Muslim nations to bust the Israeli blockade of Hamas, the plummeting housing market, the stagnant jobs picture, the impending bankruptcy of several states, and more. Yet his focus seems to be on securing passage radical legislation like the disastrous ‘cap and trade’ bill designed to hamstring our energy policies and our nation’s economic future. I think the greatest crisis we’re facing, though, is a "Crisis of Cynicism" — the President’s own cynicism about the uniqueness of America and the true value of its heritage, its strengths, and its sovereignty.
You may be saying, "Uh-oh, here he goes again. Hal is mixing politics and religion. Doesn’t he know ministers aren’t supposed to do that?" I’ve got news for you. Religion and politics are two sides of the same coin. You cannot fully appreciate the Gospel story without an understanding of the prevailing religion and politics of the time. What’s more, understanding the political events and trends of our day is essential to understanding the outline of unfolding Bible prophecy.
Many consider Sir Isaac Newton to be history’s greatest scientist. He was also a Christian. His study of the Book of Daniel, Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John, was published more than four centuries ago. In it, he concluded, "About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamour and opposition."
That statement is true on many levels. However, one that especially concerns me is the insistence by some that those of us who study prophecy should refrain from applying the Bible’s predictions to any of the political happenings or trends of our day. Remember, the PURPOSE of prophecy is to warn the reader, viewer, and listener that time is growing short to make a decision for Christ. Our job is to show HOW prophecy is being fulfilled in our world today and to warn people to get right with God. Like it or not, our world is run by governments. Governments run on politics. To a huge extent, politicians determine the course of our lives. They decide what we can and cannot do. Soon, they’ll decide what we can and cannot say. All of the processes that make possible the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning our world will be political processes. In light of this, if anything demands our attention, it should be politics. After all, the Antichrist is not going to be a master magician. He’s going to be a master politician!
The lynch pin of all Bible prophecy for the last days is the existence of a Jewish State called "Israel." There is no question that Israel is, hands-down, the most hated nation in the world today. The ‘Jewish Question’ is one of the most perplexing issues of our time. Yet, despite the formidable contribution of Jews (only .5% of the global population) to the world’s culture, economy, religion, science, and education; despite the fact that Israel has the only Western-style representative democracy in the Middle East; despite the fact that she has been under siege by her enemies the entire 62 years she has existed, surviving five wars of annihilation launched against her; and despite the fact that the industrialized world is literally at war with radical Islam, when it comes to choosing sides between Israel (one of us!) and the self-declared enemies of the West, the West sides with the enemy!
The Bible says that in the last days Israel will stand alone against the world. Today, Israel, more and more, stands alone against the world.
Finally, this week I’m going to show you a brief ‘commercial’ for an upcoming conference in the Chicago area. No, I’m not doing a prophecy seminar there. It is, in fact, a conference dealing with how to further the establishment of the worldwide Muslim Caliphate right here in America. In fact, this commercial suggests that one of the topics will be "The Fall of Capitalism. The Rise of Islam." Hey, I guess I’m not the only one who mixes politics and religion!